Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My First {digital} Page!

Okay, I decided to be brave and try a digital page. It took forever. Not because the software wasn't easy to work with- it's actually really fun to work with. I just haven't done much scrapbooking to begin with, and it always seems to take me forever when I am working with photos. I'm always worried about creating something perfect so that the photos really stand out. What I came up with so far is actually a very plain, simple layout, but I may edit it and play around with it some more. What I would like to do is print it out and add some flowers or something to embellish it a little more.
I will say that I really LOVE being able to change the size of the punches, like I did with the curly label punch to frame around Nicole's picture.
I chose to do an 8x8 page, because I like working in the square format but wanted to be able to print it out at home.

I suppose it would have gone faster if I had planned out what I wanted to work on, but really I just opened up the program with the intention of playing around and seeing what I could do. I would have fixed up the photos a little, but I haven't re downloaded GIMP since the computer crashed, and that is the program I have been using to edit my photos.


(click the pic for a better view)

This is my cousin Nicole at her nursing pinning ceremony, along with her husband and her two youngest daughters, Olivia and Sophia. (Sophia is my goddaughter, and she calls me her "fairy godmother". It's so cute!). I have some really great pictures of her sister and her daughter Brittany from the ceremony also, so I guess I will have to do a second page with those photos on it. I'm really anxious to try a blog header, too.

If David remembers to bring the camera home form work tomorrow, I'll have some pics of my club projects to post this week as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura Albertson ♥

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Small things can make you smile

I'm so happy. I just made a discovery. Remember I said recently that our computer crashed? Well, we were unable to fix it, but were were really lucky that my best friend Deb was able to retrieve our photos and document files before we erased everything. Just about everything else was lost, though, including all the links in my favorites.
I just got a little bit of happy news when I went to bookmark something a few minutes ago. All of my Google bookmarks are still there! I originally thought they might be, since they are saved online, but then someone told me they probably wouldn't be since they are accessed through my computer and saved that way.

Well anyway- they are still there! The big bummer is that the large majority of my favorites were saved to my computer, not Google. Guess what I'll be using from now on? (not to mention backing up my photos and files from now on. Yep, that is a big Duh, but it seems I usually have to learn the hard way.)

SO... since Debbie was able to rescue all of my photos, I'll have a picture for you tomorrow. I don't have anything recent uploaded yet, so I'll look for something I haven't yet posted. Maybe I'll be brave and attempt a digital scrapbook page!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Playing with My Digital Studio

This is so much fun! No way this would ever replace traditional hands on stamping or scrap booking for me, but I am having a ball playing with my new toy software.
Look what I did today:

Look familiar?
This was so easy to do. All I did was was make a copy of the card I made yesterday by clicking "save as" under the File menu in MDS. Then I opened the copy (keeping my original nice & safe in it's file). I then edited the copy by deleting the sentiment rub-on, adding the picture of Tippy, fussed with the Not Quite Navy layer behind the photo of Tippy for about a second or two so that it fit behind the photo better, and moved the snowflakes around a little. I deleted one of the original snowflakes, and then made a copy of the smaller one by right clicking it and then choosing copy from the drop down box.

At this point I could have been done, but I decided I wanted to change the red color on my card from the original Riding Hood Red to the brighter Real Red. For the scallop square layer all I had to do was click on it and then change the color. For the ribbon, the ribbon knot, and the brads, I did have to delete them off the card and then re-choose the embellishments in Real Red, but it went really fast. Especially since I had already created the same design, I knew exactly what I wanted to add, and where I wanted to add it, so it only took another minute or two.

I am particularly tickled about the fact that I can create a card, and then go back and change it up just a little without having to re-create an entirely new card.
** I do want to mention that I did not lock anything in on my original card, and if I had, I'm not sure if I would have been able to do this. I am still learning, but as I do, I will share with you what I learn.

Have a great day!

hugs,

Laura

My Digital Studio

My first card made with Stampin' Up!s awesome new digital stamping and scrap booking program, My Digital Studio (click the pic for a better view):


Nothing fabulous, to be sure, but I had fun playing around & creating it. Honestly, I was so excited to finally be able to play with this program that I just jumped right in & started creating without really learning about the program first. I was just too impatient to wait any longer- our computer crashed the day before my MDS arrived, so here I was with a fun new program and couldn't play with it. :(
I guess it's a good thing that it is so easy to use, but going forward I plan to actually learn something about the program so I don't mess anything up. Especially before I send an album off to be printed. (such as the background paper that is messed up on this card- yep, I saw that, but decided not to try to fix it as I really had no idea how it got like that-lol).
I definitely plan to get certified if SU! offers the certification again. I wasn't able to do it this time due to the computer crash, but I intend to become thoroughly familiar with this program very quickly so I can answer any questions you may have about it.

So, I'm sure you'll be seeing a new blog header before long- just as soon as I figure out how to create one in MDS!

BTW, I wanted to mention that the snowflakes and sentiment on the front of this card are rub-ons! how cool is that? It was really very simple to resize them and make them what color I wanted- so much fun!

Now that the computer is up & running, I'll be back soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Blog under Construction

Hi everyone. I have been dealing with yet another family crisis for the past 2 months, but things are starting to settle down. I am in the process this week of restructuring my blog so that it is in compliance with Stampin' Up!'s new policies for demonstrators. Once I have fixed it up, I will be posting again.

In the meantime, check out my website for SU!'s current DEAL OF THE WEEK, which actually runs until 11 am on Oct. 12.

This week's deal is $4 -$5 off 3 of our large punches:

5-Petal Flower punch (109041 sale price $10.95) - Trio Flower punch (109183 sale price 410.95) - My Way (arrows) punch (110709 sale price $11.95 )

E-mail me to find out about an additional discount offer from me if you order by Friday October 9th. (inkerbel@hotmail.com)
See you soon!

Laura Albertson

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mini Magazine File Card Set

I know I've been away a while, and I won't be back again until next week, but in the interim I have a cute set of cards I designed for class at BSS. The classes are done so I can post these now. The mini magazine file pattern was designed by Becky Roberts, and she has a great tutorial you can purchase for a small fee that includes the mini magazine file pattern.

I apologize for the quality of the photos, I had trouble with them being blurry. They also came out green, but I was able to fix that in GIMP.








Stampin' Up! has a really great tree set (Trendy Trees) that you can substitute for the trees I used. You can order it from my SU! website online.

Thanks for stopping by- I will be working on projects with new SU! products this week and will post them when I get back.

Laura Albertson

Monday, June 29, 2009

SPCA - Free and Quick - please do it

Hi, all you animal lovers!

This is pretty simple... Please tell ten friends to each tell a further ten today!

The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute (about 15 seconds) to go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals for free'. This doesn't cost you a thing.

Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.

Here's the web site! Please pass it along to people you know.
http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/

(I've added a button to my blog, below right under the button you can click to help fund free mamograms, so you can click every day!)

AGAIN, PLEASE TELL 10 FRIENDS!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Very last Chance for SU! retired items!!

The retiring items from SU! will only be available for a couple more days! The retired accessories list (see the next post) has just been updated. Hopefully I didn't miss anything.

Sorry I have not been blogging. Both of our vehicles broke down within a day of each other. That was almost 3 weeks ago, and we are still trying to get things fixed/find new vehicles, and borrow transportation, so it's been extra busy around here. Not to mention school ending, moving up ceremony for Lucas, etc. Y'know- all the important family stuff that takes up all your time. I'll get caught up soon, though, I promise!


Oh, and I almost forgot (CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT??)............


are you ready for this???

THE NEW CATALOGS ARE HERE!! yay!

call or e-mail me if you want one (inkerbel@hotmail.com)


Love & Hugs,

Laura

Friday, May 29, 2009

New Projects for June

Just a quick update- I have the new project buttons for June up. You can find them on the left hand side of my blog. Click the picture of the project you want to see and it will take you to the directions.

I'm going to CKC at the Buffalo Convention Center this afternoon. Sadly, I only have half a day to spend there. All the better for my pocketbook, I suppose. I didn't get to take any classes this year, not even Carrie's book class (sniff, sniff). I really can't complain, I DO get to take a class from Michelle Zindorf in just 3 short weeks with my friend Claudia. I'm so excited, I just can't wait!! I'll probably be making brayered cards all summer long. You can expect to see a class on the Zindorf technique at BSS early this fall, too.

I'll be back later this eveing with an update on the show and some pictures.

Stay tuned!

Laura

Friday, May 22, 2009

SU jewelry- this is so cool!

Wow- I can't beleive CKC Buffalo is almost here and I still have tons of pictures from last month to post. Here is something really fun. I was at the SCS gathering last month and when I saw Kelly with her homemade SU! "jewelry" on I just had to introduce myself and take her picture.
Kelly made her earrings, necklace/nametag and bracelet out of SU! cardstock, punches and accessories. What do you think? I thought her creations were SO clever:

Close-up of the bracelet:


Below is a picture of my friends Claudia and Lizz at the gathering, and below that is a close-up of Lizzy's can't-miss nametag!



Sorry I haven't been around much. Some very serious stuff is going on in my life right now concerning my youngest son and it takes precedence over all else. It has taken up huge chunks of my time over the last week + and we are trying to get it all sorted out as best we can. Feel free to say some prayers for us that things will work out and especially for me to have the strength and wisdom to make the best decisions I can for Loren.

Thanks!

Laura

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fun stuff at Craft Critique

Craft Critique recently posted a couple of fun things. They published a review of the glue glider pro, which I have been using for a few months & really like. They left out a bit of information, however, so if you scroll down to about the 7th comment, you will see where I added a little info to help them out.
The other thing that I thought was so cool was a post about this not-for-profit organization: Chicago Lost and Found. If you are into altered arts at all, you must check it out. I think the whole thing is very cool. Make sure you check out the gallery.

Now, I have to add- I almost never remember to go to Craft Critique, even though they post lots of useful info. Who has time to check out everything all the time? Not me, that's for sure. Even if I sign up for the feeds or e-mail updates, it gets overwhelming with all the cool blogs out there. So I was really happy when I found them on Twitter. They post on twitter when they update their blog, and if it sounds interesting, I go check it out.

I'm really likin' the twitter thing, even if I am still a novice ;)

Friday, May 8, 2009

SU only swap cards

Yep, these are still from the splitcoast gathering. At least it provided me with something interesting to post on my blog since I have been too busy the last 2 weeks to stamp anything myself. Welll, that's not entirely true- I have been stamping samples for my BSS classes, but I can't post those until after the classes run anyway.

So- in the meantime I am thankful I have these samples to show you. I've been so sleep deprived I couldn't stamp anything decent right now if I had to!
The first was created by my best friend & new downline Debbie Trouse. I absolutely love it:

I will have to edit to add the creators of the next 2 later- but I think they are both fabulous. The B&W one does have a teal metallic dew drop, so it's like 99% SU!, but I love that little splash of color. (Metallic Dew Drops are awesome- maybe we can get SU! to carry them?)


This last one would be perfect for the current LNS circle challenge! Maybe I can CASE it. I don't have this set but plenty of others would work for this layout.

Off to get some well-deserved rest. Thanks for stopping by!

Laura Albertson

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

White Gel Pen Tip

I just stumbled on an idea for how to repair white gel pens at Captain Crafter's Blog.

I haven't tried it yet, so I can't say how well it works, but it looks cool so i thought I'd share.

Other tips I have heard that work fairly well-
1.take the pen apart and blow hard into the barrel of the ink insert like it is a straw. I have tried this one & it works but sometimes it only works temporarily.

2. Shake the pen hard as if it were a Mercury thermometer- use a snapping motion with the tip pointed down. I have tried this one also and it too seems to work temporarily, but not all the time. I guess it depends on how old the pen is or how long it has been since it was last used.

To me, it seems the best thing to do is avoid the pen clogging up altogether, and the best way to avoid that is to use it regularly :)

That's it for now- I have some more pictures to post later tonight when I have more time!

bfn,

Laura

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A couple more Recipe Swap pages

Finally! All the craziness and fun of Loren's first Communion is over. I was so busy the last few days with making his banner, doing the retreat with him, shopping with him for a suit and getting ready for the ceremony and party Sunday. In between all that I took the most amazing altered bird class from Wendy Vecchi who came to BSS as a guest artist. it was amazing. I'll try to get those photos uploaded as well.

For now, here are just a few more recipes (click the pics for a better view):

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins stamped by Caroly Weichenthal. This one is 100% Stampin' Up! materials and stamped images- plus it's a quick & easy sample to make for your sample boards. (The recipe sounds quick & easy, too- yum!)

This one was created by Kristie Gross (SCS-KLGross). Isn't that stamp hysterical?

This next one was created by Sandy Wingate (SCS-pachyderm23) It's not 100% SU! but easily could be. i love how she used the "Favorite" stamp.


And how about this adorable name tag?

I really need to come up with something cute for next year. I always leave the name tag 'til the last minute. Wait til you see the one that my friend Lizz did - it was so "her". I'll post it tomorrow, along with lots more recipes and some card pics from the SU! only swap.

See you then!

Laura Albertson

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

6x6 Recipe Swap Pages

How about some more 6x6 recipe pages? These are from the SCS gathering I attended last week-end- so much fun! I'll indicate the name of the person who created the page whenever I can. If you did not sign your work but would like recognition for you page, just e-mail me (inkerbel@hotmail.com) or post a comment and I'll be sure to add it.
Beautiful work ladies, and I can't wait to try some of these great recipes, esp. the Tequila Cookies! (oops- not posting that one til tomorrow, guess you'll have to wait for that one, sorrry!!)

This one is jut awesome. When you open the 'oven door' the chicken pops out- very cool. Created by Michele Moran (SCS Tillyhead)



I don't know why these are called pink beach pancakes, but I love the page- I must get that sand castle border punch! This one was created by Elizabeth Jedynak (SCS ejedynak)

I'm loving all the pink-lol. This one is created by Lynn Englehart:


If you click the photos you will get a better view of the recipes. Read all the way to the bottom of the popcorn chicken. Too funny!

The kids want to go to the park- I'll post more later-Stay tuned!

Laura :)

Cat stamps for a Cause

I was surfing one of my favorite blogs today, Understand Blue, and I saw these awesome cat stamps that were designed & are being sold for a fundraising project over at A Place to Bark. Here's more info, (which you can also find here along with the stamps if you want to purchase them):

"Thank you for your support of artist Bernie Berlin's "A Place to Bark" fundraising project. The stamp images were designed by Claudine Hellmuth (white cat), Suzi Blu (girl with cat) and Lydia Fiedler (black cat). 100% of the stamp sales, will go to helping Bernie finish off the cat house (kittys need a place of their own) along with the dog house."

I just love all of these stamps, and they are for a great cause!

Why don't you hop on over & check them out?

L.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Photo Holder for Shoebox Swap

This is the project I made for my shoebox swap at the WNY SCS gathering last week-end. I got my inspiration from this adorable project.




(sorry for the weird Camera angles.)

I copied Mara's almost exactly but I couldn't find 2" cubes that were in decent shape so I had to cut my stamped flower smaller. (They carry 2" cubes at all of the craft stores around here- Michael's, Jo Ann's, Hobby Lobby and Ac Moore, but at EVERY store the cubes were either all cracked or crooked, or just generally yucky and certainly not worth $1.00 a piece.)

I finally came up with 1-3/4 x 1-3/4 inch cubes by purchasing whittler's kits that include pieces of 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 4" basswood, and had David cut them to 1-3/4" lengths so I wound up with 1-3/4" cubes. I got 6 cubes from each kit. The kits are $10.00 full price, but I used 50% off coupons to purchase mine, so they are very affordable. (The kits I bought are made by Walnut Hollow & available at pretty much all of the above mentioned craft stores.)

I sanded the cubes lightly with sanding blocks & painted just the edges white. The rest was pretty much all punching & layering. I used a double thickness of 3/8" wide red line tape (same as Sticky Strip)to attach the office clip to the top of the cube.
You need a double thickness because the bottom of the clips are slightly concave & won't come into full contact with the block otherwise.

Project Materials:
(all supplies are SU! except woodblocks & clips)
1-3/4" (or 2") sq. wood blocks
1" wide binder clips
CS: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, So Saffron
DSP: Sweet Slumber Specialty paper
Stamps: Seeing Spots, One of a Kind
Accessories: Designer Label punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Circle punches: 3/4", 1", 1-1/4", 1-3/4" , Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Appricot Appeal 1/4" grosgrain.

Thanks for looking!

Laura

6x6 Recipe Swap - Hawaiian Wedding Salad

This is the 6x6 recipe page I made for recipe swap at the WNY SCS gathering last week-end. It's not the most creative thing I've ever made, but I was running out of time & needed to get them finished. Hopefully I made up for my lack of creativity with neatness & choice of recipe-lol.

I will say that I made this salad to bring to the event & came home with an empty bowl, so I'm assuming people enjoyed it. It is a personal favorite of mine & my whole family loves it.

I have the recipe along with some very helpful hints on making it posted here.

Page details:
(all supplies are SU!)
CS: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Stamps: SU! Welcome Home set
Ink: So Saffron Craft Ink
Accessories: Scallop Circle punch,Spiral punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1-1/2" circle punch, Word Window punch, Lots of Tags sizzlets set.

Stay tuned for my showbox swap post!

Laura Albertson

Cool Copic Tip

Did you see what Kutis did recently with his Copic Markers?
Check it out.
Cool, huh? Gotta love those Copics. I recently attended a Copic Marker Certification class with Sharon & Marty from Buffalo Stamps & Stuff & got certified. I was transfixed by Marianne's artwork that she had brought for us to browse through. She showed us some of the new stamp sets she recently designed that have not yet been released. She had an adorable set of monsters that she drew & I am (im)patiently waiting for them to be made into stamps. They were so dang cute!

More fun stuff later today!

Laura

Monday, April 27, 2009

April Club Samples

Here are the pictures of the projects we made in my hostess stamp club this month.





I learned how to make the star card from one of the presenters at the London, ont. regional last month. I didn't catch the name of the person who came up with & presented the idea. If anyone knows, pls e-mail me with that info. so I can credit her for the idea on my blog.
The cover design was cased exactly from Sue Selfridge (conv 2008 sample).

The second project was the flowerpot card that has been so popular on all of the stamping groups I frequent (SCS, Sudsol, and LNS). You can find the directions here.
I used the Garden Greetings set from Stampin' Up! (I love this set & it is only $21.95 you can get your own by contacting me {inkerbel@hotmail.com} or clicking here to shop now)
I wanted stamped flowers rather than just die cuts so they would have more detail & curled them up & layered them for more dimention. The centers are drops of Crystal Effects mixed with Dazzling Diamonds glitter (home-made stickles- I love this because it dries SO much faster than stickles & keeps it's dimention better. The glitter is also a little finer, which I like better)


The Flowerpot was done in Creamy Caramel cs and inked using the DTP technique with a Really Rust Craft ink spot.

**100% of materials on these projects are by Stampin' Up. All images © Stampin' Up!**

Stars Card:
CS: Whisper White, Real Red Night of Navy
Ink: Night of navy
Stamp: Jumbo Classic Stars Wheel
Accessories: Lg & Sm. star punches, real Red striped ribbon, window sheets, sticky strip

Flower Pot Card:
CS: Creamy Caramel, So Saffron, Pale Plum, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
Ink: So Saffron, Pale Plum, Regal Rose, Really Rust, Certainly Celery
Stamps: Garden Greetings, Bella's Bloom
Accessories: Scallop edge punch, 5 petal flower punch, mat pack, hobby blade, scoring tool, Crystal effects, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, retired (SAB) So Saffron Ribbon

Thanks for Looking!

Have a great day- it's beautiful here!

Love,

Laura

Friday, April 24, 2009

I'm Twittering

okay- I finally did it. I'm finally on Twitter, I'll let you know how it goes :P
you can find me here.

"Super Fantastic" Never ending Card for Christopher

About 3 weeks ago, SCS had a technique challenge to try making a never ending card. I made one once a long, long time ago when I saw it done on Carol Duvall. Way back then, I mostly worked with just stamps & ink, and not so much with scrapbooking papers or die cuts, etc. So I wasn't so happy with my plain white very simply stamped card that I made forever ago, and never made another. When I saw the challenge at SCS, though, my interest was renewed & I have tons of ideas for more cards like this.

The timing was perfect, since my brother Christopher's birthday was the same week as the challenge.
For Christopher's card, I wanted a masculine feel and I also was short on time, so I used a retired Simply Scrappin' kit from Stampin' Up. I knew that if I used a Simply Scrappin' kit, all the paper, die cuts & card stock would already be coordinated for me and all I'd have to worry about was design layout & assembly. I think it worked out great. Chris must have really liked it too, cuz he said it was "super fantastic".

I did not have great lighting to take the picture, and it was hard to keep the card flat, so it actually looks better in person, but you'll get the idea.

Here's the front view:

View 2:

View 3:

View 4:



What do you think?

While I'm at, check out the super cool cake that my SIL Nicole made for Chris:

She hand-painted all the "comics" on rolled fondant, and used shimmery glittery gel for the Happy birthday although you can't tell in the pic. the weird out-of place looking rice crispy creatures are actually dinosaurs, and they looked great IRL, it's just kind of hard to tell from the camera angle what they are. Apparently those were at Christopher's request-lol. He can be pretty funny, you'd think he was still 10 sometimes, and Nicole indulges him so he gets away with it :)
The funniest part was that Nicole had grouped the candles so close together we thought they they were going to start a fire- the flames were so close that they combined & started a little blaze before Chris could get them blown out. He had to blow them out so fast, Mom didn't have time to go into her eins, zwei, drei, vier routine- I was laughing so hard & yet a teensy bit worried that the house really would start on fire-LOL!!

ANYWAY, if you want to try a never ending card, HERE are the instructions. Dawn did such a great job with the video that it's worth watching rather than trying to follow written instructions.
The construction of this card is SUPER easy. The hard part is coming up with ideas to decorate 4 pages with the folded panels. Have fun!

HUGS,

Laura

More Cuttlebug sneak peeks!

Okay, so this is pretty old news if you've been following the Cuttlebug Challenge blog, but I've obviously been away from my computer and hence my blogging has slipped again. Anyway... if you haven't already seen the second sneak peek of the newest cuttlebug folders, LOOK HERE.

There is a snippet of the A2 Flourish folder, and a picure of the Border Embossing Folder Flourish! Both look very cool to me. Check'em out.

Even tho' you can't tell from my blogging (or lack thereof), I have been SUPER busy. I have lots & lots to share- if I can only get some pictures taken & uploaded. Saturday I will be gone all day at the Splitcoaststampers Western NY gathering- I can't wait! David's job Saturday afternoon is going to be taking pics of my class & club samples & uploading them for me. Then on Sunday I am hoping he will take photos & upload all of the wonderful swap samples I'll be coming home with on Saturday night. Meanwhile, I'll be at a stamp convention in Ohio taking lots more pictures. Wonder which one of us should have the good camera?? LOL.

Looking forward to getting back to my blogging. I have stuff all set up to do another video, too. Just need to find the time to do it :)

Happy Friday!

Laura

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Stamping Green

Today I came across this great post by Penny Peterson. I thought it was very interesting & informative, so I decided to share it here.
I wonder if there is anywhere around here that we could donate our scrap rubber to? I'll have to look into it-it's a really great idea.
This reminded me of the playground that Patty posted last year at the Stampin' Up! manufacturing facility in Kanab, UT when she went to Founder's Circle last year. I thought that was so cool. (You have to scroll down a few pics to see the playground).

Hopefully I'll be back to post again later today with some pictures. Poor Loren is home sick with either the flu or food poisoning. Not sure which, but it's nasty. The poor kid is sooo sick.

Later!

Laura

Monday, March 30, 2009

Cool Artsy Brad Storage

OMG- I love this idea! I was browsing Allison's Blog when I cam across THIS totally awesome brad storage idea. It knocked my socks off, so I just had to share.

Then, I read the post and wound up at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I absolutely loved their color inspiration archives, so I permanently linked it in my sidebar under Color Inspiration. Make sure you check out Kris's Color Stripes, too if you haven't already. Or even just if you haven't in a while. So much inspiration there!

Wow- looky me with the 3 posts in one day. I accomplish so much more when I am well!

Be sure to scroll down for the other posts.

Have a good one!

L.

Baby Boy Onsie

Hi everyone. I made this for a Mystery hostess party m&t last month. It was inspired by one I saw on splitcoast last year. I changed it just a little to make it 100% Stampin' Up! I've done tons of the girl onsies (see my conv 08 swap here), but this was my first boy onsie. I love how it turned out!

The tutorial for this came from Lauren Meader, and you can find it here. I also have it permanently linked on the right hand side of my blog since it is an oft requested link.

Here are the details of this onsie:
Baja Breeze & whisper white cs
white gel pen
white eyelets
1-3/8" circle punch
scallop circle punch
lg oval punch
Buttons #2 sizzlets die
crop-a-dile

Sizzix Sizzlets tip

A discussion came up recently on sudsol about some people having trouble with sizzlets cutting all the way through. Specifically, we were talking about the little leaves die, but this would apply to any of the more intricate dies such as the swirls scribbles, snowflakes, etc.
I posted to the list that I was having the same trouble with my little leaves die. Not all the time, but often enough that I decided to do something about it. Now mind you, we are not talking about a defective die. It's more of a shimming problem. To correct the problem, I taped a piece of card stock the same size as the die (about 2" x 2.5") to the back of the die so that I don't always have to look for a shim, it's semi-permanently attached to the back of the die. It will easily come off if I need to remove it, but in the meantime I don't have to worry anymore if my leaves will cut all the way through.
That's it! Very simple tip, I know, but I figured I'd share in case anyone else was having trouble with their die and hadn't thought of it yet. I've sold a lot of this beautiful die & want to make sure everyone is able to use it easily and doesn't become frustrated with the leaves sticking or not cutting all the way through.

Have a great day!

Laura

Sunday, March 29, 2009

More Cards






These are not from swaps, but from the display boards at the regional seminar. Getting to go to the Stampin' Up! training events is one of my favorite perks of being a demonstrrator. I love looking at all the sample boards. I took tons of pics, but some came out better than others due to low lighting & me not getting along well with the camera at times. They'll just have to do.
Check out how well the kraft taffeta ribbon matched the kraft cardstock on the best wishes card. I love that stuff!

Well, thanks for popping in!

Love & hugs,

Laura Albertson

Friday, March 27, 2009

New OWL Cuttlebug Folder Sneak Peek!

OhMyGosh! I am so excited- I just saw a sneak peek of one of the NEW yet-to-be-released cuttlebug folders (coming this July), and it has an owl on it- so cute!

You can find the sneak pic here.

You'll need to scroll down to see it.

You'll also notice that there is a quick survey from provo you can take regarding cuttlebug products. It's really quick & I encourage you to take it. Maybe we can impress on the provo people that we want more CB folders realsed more often.

If you continue down that post & leave a comment, you have a chance to win some great CB products.

Good Luck!

Laura

More swap photos


More of my Regional seminar swaps. Enjoy!





Thanks for looking- hope you have a great day!

Laura Albertson